Off World is an exhibition of photographs and video by filmmaker Mateo Guez and commissioned by curator Sanaz Mazinani, realized in situ as a 24-hour interactive public installation by Andrew Mallis as part of the 2009 Contact Toronto Photography Festival.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Guez eloquently captures the lives of children who live, work and play in Smokey Mountain, one of the world’s worst slums, where entire families scavenge to survive. Smokey Mountain is a mound of refuse outside of Manila, in the central Philippines, named after the methane-heavy mist hovering over it. Guez challenges our preconceptions of the camera by using a mobile phone as an extension of his body to frame his direct experience. In a streetlevel installation, designed by Andrew Mallis, viewers can engage in a unique forum with Guez’s video wall while stills are delivered to their mobile phones. The gallery is immaterial and the image, though multiple, is personal; both exist in the intimate, yet social, spaces now extended by mobile media.
STEPHEN BULGER GALLERY & CAMERA
MAY 1 - 31
24-hour street-level installation
Opening Reception: May 2, 2 - 5 PM
CLOSING RECEPTION: Saturday, May 30, 7 - 9 PM
1028 Queen St W, Toronto M6J 1H6